Marine phytoplankton ecology and applications

Our research team works within the complex and fascinating world of phytoplankton, and studies the role of bio- and chemical interactions among marine microbes in shaping plankton food webs.

The research group is a part of Linnaeus University Centre for Ecology and Evolution in Micobial model Systems.

We recognize the great potential for phytoplankton products to yield renewable energy resources, and the impacts that may have for economic and ecological sustainability. We work not only with academia, but with the community and industry towards shaping a cleaner, safer world.

Our research falls into the following areas

  • Phytoplankton ecology and allelopathy
  • Microbial food web dynamics
  • Impact of cyanobacteria on coastal fishes
  • Use of marine resources
  • Advanced level programs and employability impacts

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Sampling at the Linnaeus Microbial Observatory
Biology and Environmental Science Department Day - June 2016

Kalmar Algae Collection (KAC)

Welcome to Kalmar Algae Collection (KAC) The research group for Marine Phytoplankton Ecology and Applications (MPEA) at Linnaeus University in Kalmar maintains a collection of phytoplankton isolated mostly from the Baltic Sea, Kattegat and Skagerrak.

The cultures are available for purchase to a cost of 1200 SEK (140 €) for non-profit organizations and 1600 SEK (180 €) for profit organizations, shipping costs are NOT included. When ordered the culture will be sent as low cell concentration dilutes in two 10 ml tubes, to ensure the cells arrive in good condition. The tubes are packed with ice and shipped express with TNT or FedEX, to shorten transport time. If the culture is found dead at arrival a new culture will be sent, solely to the cost of shipping.

For more information contact: Fredrik Svensson

phone: +46 (0)480-447344

Email: fredrik.svensson@lnu.se

Bottles with phytoplankton

List of strains in the Kalmar Algae Collection*

KAC NR

SPECIES

ISOLATED FROM

YEAR

       

Cyanophyceae

   

KAC 16

Anabaena lemmermannii

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

1997

KAC 15

Aphanizomenon sp

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

1997

KAC 60

Aphanizomenon sp

Askö, Baltic Sea

1996

KAC 61

Aphanizomenon sp

Askö, Baltic Sea

1996

KAC 62

Aphanizomenon sp

Askö, Baltic Sea

1996

KAC 63

Aphanizomenon sp

Askö, Baltic Sea

1996

KAC 69

Aphanizomenon sp

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

1999

KAC 34             

Nodularia harveyana      

Öresund, Copenhagen

 

KAC 7

Nodularia spumigena

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

2000

KAC 8

Nodularia spumigena

Askö

1998

KAC 10

Nodularia spumigena

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

1997

KAC 11

Nodularia spumigena

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

2000

KAC 12

Nodularia spumigena

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

1997

KAC 13

Nodularia spumigena

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

1997

KAC 17

Nodularia spumigena

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

1997

KAC 32

Nodularia spumigena

Baltic Sea

1988

KAC 33

Nodularia spumigena

Öresund, Copenhagen

 

KAC 64

Nodularia spumigena

Askö, Baltic Sea

1996

KAC 65

Nodularia spumigena

Askö, Baltic Sea

1996

KAC 66

Nodularia spumigena

Askö, Baltic Sea

1996

KAC 67

Nodularia spumigena

Askö, Baltic Sea

1996

KAC 68

Nodularia spumigena

Askö, Baltic Sea

1996

KAC 70

Nodularia spumigena

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

2000

KAC 71

Nodularia spumigena

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

2001

KAC 86

Nodularia spumigena

Baltic proper

2011

KAC 87

Nodularia spumigena

Baltic proper

2011

       

Chlorophyceae

   

KAC 21 

Tetraselmis sp.

Brackish pond, Sweden

1995

       

Dinophyceae

     

KAC 28 

Amphidinium carterae

Kattegatt

1983

KAC 29 

Amphidinium sp

Portugal

1990

KAC 3

Glenodinium foliaceum 

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

1997

KAC 79

Glenodinium foliaceum 

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

2008

KAC 80

Glenodinium foliaceum 

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

2008

KAC 81

Glenodinium foliaceum 

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

2008

KAC 25  

Heterocapsa triquetra

Skagerack

1991

KAC 26

Heterocapsa triquetra

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

2000

KAC 27

Heterocapsa triquetra

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

2000

KAC 48

Heterocapsa triquetra

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

2000

KAC 49 

Heterocapsa triquetra

Kattegatt

1986

KAC 55

Heterocapsa triquetra

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

2000

KAC 18

Prorocentrum micans

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

2000

KAC 38

Prorocentrum micans

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

2000

KAC 40

Prorocentrum micans

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

2000

KAC 51

Prorocentrum micans

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

2000

KAC 52

Prorocentrum minimum

Lisbon, Portugal

 

KAC 73

Prorocentrum minimum

Askö, Baltic Sea

2002

KAC 72

Prorocentrum minimum (cf baltica)

Kalmarsund, Baltic Sea

1999

       

Cryptophyceae

   

KAC 30 

Rhodomonas salina

Öresund, Denmark.

 
       

Bacillariophyceae

   

KAC 45  

Chaetoceros sp.

Kattegatt

1993

KAC 46  

Chaetoceros sp.

Adriatic sea, Fano, Italy

1994

KAC 56

Ditylum brightwellii

Kattegatt

2009

KAC 37 

Phaeodactylum tricornutum

Kattegatt

1985

KAC 44 

Skeletonema costatum

Kattegatt

1989

KAC 23  

Thalassiosira "subtilis type"

Arade estuary, Portugal

 

KAC 24 

Thalassiosira weissflogii

Öresund, Denmark

 
       

Prymnesiophyceae

   

KAC 22 

Imantonia cf rotundata

Skagerrak

1990

KAC 39  

Prymnesium parvum          

Norway

 

 

*With reservation for recent changes, updated September 2013

Staff

Former staff and students of the research group

Julie Dinasquet
Post Doc
E-mail: jdinasquet@bio.ku.dk

Brage Frick
Entrepreneur Uppsala, Sweden

Karen Krüger
MarMlc MSc, Max Planck Institute Bremen, Germany
E-mail: karen_krueger@yahoo.de

Karl-Johan Persson
PhD, Case Officer, County Administrative Board Kronoberg Växjö, Sweden
E-mail: karl-johan.persson@lansstyrelsen.se

Astrid Weissbach
PhD, Case Officer Federal Water Authorities, HOF Bavaria, Germany
E-mail: trittchen@web.de

Pernilla Söderberg
PhD Chemistry, Postdoc, Research fellow

Emelie Nilsson
Financial Administrator
E-mail: emmelie.nilsson@lnu.se

Martin Brusin
Msc, Laboratory technician
E-mail: martin.brusin@lnu.se

Teaching

Students

Plankton Seminars

Time: 09.00-10.00
Room: To be announced

October 12 - Eva Sörenson – Initial experiments, Samuel – how to make a poster (short intro)

October 26 - MSc Aquatic Ecology (yr 2) Kimbery, Varvara, Daniela, Shenhong – Posters

November 16 – Lina, outline thesis + posters if 26 Oct is not enough

November 24 – Symposium – climate change and phytoplankton

November 25- Thesis defense – Mireia Bertos

December 7 – Workshop (experimental design, scientific writing or something else – Samuel, Elin, Cath)

December 14 –Carina (LMO trancriptomics)

2017

January 11 - MSc Aquatic Ecology (yr 1) – Presentation of virtual projects

January 25– Emil Fridolfsson. Cyzo follow-up or seasonality (Kårehamn vs. west coast